Courtesy of Studio Gang and Kilograph.

Futures of CCA

New workshops, classrooms, facilities, and community spaces will connect students and disciplines in a vibrant, state-of-the-art environment for art, design, and education.

The ground-level entrance to the expanded Double Ground campus is near student housing at Founders Hall on Hooper Street.

CCA's Double Ground expansion will connect residence halls and buildings on campus. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

Rooted in the Bay Area, building toward the future

CCA is the action-oriented art and design school in San Francisco. We've helped shape the Bay Area cultural landscape for nearly 120 years, and our campus expansion brings together more than 30 academic programs and disciplines, adds new student housing and dining, and supports interdisciplinary learning and making like never before. Architecture, design, art, and writing students learn together in the city's most exciting cultural neighborhood, alongside galleries, design studios, and technology companies.

Double Ground’s ample interior glazing reveals what’s happening inside the central resource hub and adjoining workshops.

The central resource hub on the lower level of Double Ground. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

A long-term vision comes to fruition

With the addition of Double Ground, our multi-year plan becomes a reality. Classrooms and studios for every program are now located together in San Francisco, offering even more cross-over opportunities for the talented artists and designers to learn from faculty—and each other. Our students now live, learn, eat, study and relax on our residential campus, which includes two dorms, Founders Hall and Blattner Hall.

CCA's new Double Ground extends our main campus with an additional 82,305 square feet of space. New classrooms and studios with super-flexible interior spaces offer new opportunities for collaboration. What happens when industrial design meets painting? When an architect collaborates with a ceramicist? These are the kinds of collaborations students will encounter. Double Ground will offer students:

  • Abundant shared green spaces
  • A continuous indoor-outdoor environment
  • Interactive maker yards
  • Adaptable spaces to create
  • New galleries for exhibitions
  • A new lecture hall
  • More opportunities for interdisciplinary learning
Digital rendering with a panoramic view of people in an open walkway with a lattice-adorned building in the background.

Double Ground’s top level features open courtyards and green space. Courtesy of Studio Gang and Kilograph.

Sustainability at the forefront

Designed by a team led by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, the open, transparent design will connect our programs in exciting new ways. Built with sustainable features and amenities, the lower level of Double Ground includes shops, studios, and labs which open into shared maker yards. The upper level features a park-like atmosphere with green space and places to gather, adjacent to CCA's main campus building.

CCA Instagram

Instagram post 18007806473350745

Feb. 19, 2024

⚠️ Construction update ⚠️ Double Ground has made incredible progress these past few months. New buildings are raised, and now we'll be focused on working towards the continuous indoor-outdoor environment that is one of the signature features of this project.⁠

Double Ground opens doors this fall.

Instagram post 18007928207080661

Feb. 16, 2024

Priority registration for Study Abroad 2024 ✈️takes off✈️ February 21–28. ⁠

This summer, we're headed to:⁠
⌲ Project Tokyo (May 20–June 6)⁠
⌲ Iceland: Midnight Sun (June 3–June 22)⁠
⌲ Venice Biennale / Art Basel / Berlin (June 7–24)⁠
⌲ Japan: In Search of Emptiness and Wabi Sabi (May 2–June 10)⁠
⌲ Dessau/Amsterdam/Milan (May 20–June 10)⁠

Go to Portal to find instructions for registering, infomation on financial aid, passports, visa, insurance, and more.

Instagram post 18010603613186663

Feb. 12, 2024

When painting meets sculpture. . . and makes a stop by the @ccahybridlab 🤯🫀🔋 Emily Fernandes (BFA Painting & Drawing 2023) takes us behind the scenes of how ‘Stephanie’ and ‘Lisa’ came together. These works take conceptual and visual inspiration from 80’s sci-fi horror films and their props, exploring themes of mental health, deconstruction of bodies under capitalism, and existential dread.

Instagram post 17901170822859005

Feb. 8, 2024

We are pleased to announce Jacqueline Francis as our new dean of Humanities and Sciences. Francis began her role as dean on January 8. Francis is an art historian, curator, and creative writer researching and writing modern and contemporary US art histories. Her special area of interest is the construction of past and present racialized identities and identifications within the critical framework of social art history. Among numerous esteemed accomplishments, Francis was previously chair of @ccaviscrit and professor of the @cca_history_of_art_vc program. She also served as Vice President of the Faculty Senate. In 2022, Francis earned tenure and was promoted to professor.⁠

Congratulations to @jackiefrancissf and thank you for your leadership and commitment to CCA.

Discover our range of creative practices

View all programs